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All aboard… getting kids on board with travel plans

The UK Our Way Parkdean Holidays

All aboard… getting kids on board with travel plans Have you ever tried to take a tween or teen on a day out they haven’t bought into? Uphill battle or what? If you are a savvy parent you’ll know it helps to get them involved and make sure their needs are addressed as well as [...]

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What floats your boat? Are you a water baby?

Family Sailing

What floats your boat? Are you a water baby? I’m not. Not naturally anyway. Yet some of the best moments of my life have come from my kids enjoying messing about on the water. In this post, brought to you in association with Look Insurance, I’ve been thinking about’ ‘What floats my boat?‘ and how the [...]

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How does technology affect relationships?

I wish I was lonely: How does technology affect relationships? Do you ever get lonely? I mean properly lonely? Or do you fill even the tiniest space in your crammed life with a tweet, text or a selfie? And do you ever worry about the long term impact of this on you or your children? [...]

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What do you do when stuck in a lift with the kids?

Boys make a human tower

What do you do when stuck in a lift with the kids? Have you ever been stuck in a lift. With your kids? You know like all of them? Is it your idea of heaven or hell? I’d never considered the idea. Until it happened to me. And then, with time on my hands and [...]

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Learning how to be brave: a lesson for parents & kids

Jumping off Savin Kuk in the mountains of Montenegro

Learning how to be brave Do you trust your kids? With their own life? Really? It’s harder than it sounds. I thought I was a relaxed Mum when it came to adventure. But when my daughter started to risk assess for herself, I panicked. A seven year old girl was surely too young to make [...]

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Because: a parent’s poem about childhood

Because a video poem about childhood

Because: a parent’s poem about childhood How many reluctant poets write their own versions of Roses are Red, Violets are Blue around Valentines day to celebrate love and impress someone special? I don’t normally go in for that kind of thing. But recently I became choked up while giving a talk to the female version [...]

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone… or does it?

Life is not the biggest adventure

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone… or does it? Are you the kind of person that finds even the idea of adventure a little too adventurous? Is your rut too comfortable to dig yourself out of, even if you could be bothered to find a spade? Then you’ll love these ideas for [...]

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On a scooter blowing a hooter… a gift of music

Hannah playing tenor horn at piano

On  a scooter blowing a hooter.. a gift of music It’s the little moments that you remember forever, isn’t it? Not the parties, despite the generous hosts and the seemingly limitless drinking and talking. Not the presents, despite the bows and curls and printed kittens in bobble hats. Not the food, despite the gold and [...]

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A Fairy & a Bauble: Video Christmas Tree Poem

A Video Christmas Tree Poem Putting up the Christmas tree is one of those annual rituals. I don’t know about you, but in our house the ritual is always changing. When Stuart and I were first married it was about togetherness and sealing the deal of our first Christmas in our London home. When the [...]

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A storming time in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Old Town in Storm

Who’s up for a storming time in Dubrovnik? I’m not a foul weather person. Simple as that. Well, not quite. You see it’s not that I don’t like foul weather, it’s more that I don’t like the thought of it. It sends me into a panic, especially if I think we might all get caught [...]

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